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If you’re petite fit or plus-sized, chances are you’ve experienced the anxiety-ridden daunting task of shopping for ready-to-wear clothing. Not so funny. We all understand ready-to-wear doesn’t always exist in the petite woman’s world.
Let’s start with a basic wardrobe essential: a great pair of jeans. My favorite pair of jeans came to me like a Cinderella tale… (Picture on the right of me in my Hudson in Maroon wax jeans)
Shopping day in Newport Beach with gal pals and we made our way into a designer boutique. The owner came over to me with a pair of jeans and exclaimed, “you must try these on, darling.” I did, and they were a perfect fit. That never happens to me!
The store owner told me he was “overjoyed” to finally meet “the girl that could fit the petite, size 0 jeans,” so he gave them to me as a gift. Sweet!!! Now I do not ever want to wear another pair of jeans… and we lived happily ever after! The designer of the “chosen ones” is the Hudson Krista style. What a great petite true fit! NO ALTERATIONS NEEDED (not even shortened and I’m 5’2″ with a short torso and a size 24 waist)!
Next we have some basic guidelines for you to follow.
BASIC GUIDELINE TO A GREAT FIT IN YOUR JEAN
There are hundreds of styles, cuts, and brands of jeans. It’s an overwhelming task for many of us, petite ladies, to find the “right” pair of jeans, so here’s a basic guide to getting the right fit in your jean. The first key is the inseam. Most petite women require a 29-31″ inseam, not the average 33″-34″ inseam. The right inseam will help avoid the always dreaded “mom look.”
PETITES WITH HIPS
Petite women with larger hips should opt for trousers and straight leg cuts. Avoid extreme flare styles and baggy jeans. Also, say no to slim cuts, as they aren’t cut well to accommodate larger frames. You don’t want to look like you are wearing miniature leggings. My suggested brand picks; J Brand, Levi’s 515 straight cuts, Right Fit Jeans, Joe’s Jeans, Lucky, Tahari, and David Kahn. Citizens of Humanity is another FAVORITE line that offers many attractive styles. All of these brands come in an optional stretch style. A definite plus for comfort conscious consumers.
PETITES WITH SMALL HIPS
Petite women with small hips should look for low-rise hip, bootcut, and straight leg cuts. Flared styles are fabulous as they will lengthen the legs and add a few inches, even without heels! The flare cuts look fabulous on women with narrow or average hips, adding balance to the figure. You, lucky lady, can pick any jean style or cut according to your preference.
Finding the right jean length is essential. The perfect jeans will barely skim the tops of your shoes and increase your “visible height.”
Some great brands for this effect are Hudson, JBrand, Max Studio, Levi’s 515 Boot Cut West Coast, Ralph Lauren, Banana Republic, 7 For All Mankind, and Citizens of Humanity. All mentioned brands offer petite versions in their lines, which have well-defined proportions for the petite frame.
Next, we have some wonderful suggestions for the petite plus-sized or full-figured petite woman.
PETITE PLUS SIZED (FULL FIGURED)
Petite plus-sized or full-figured size 12 plus should apply the general rule that low-rise cut, hip hugger, and boot cut, can make you appear heavier. Select stretch fabrics that won’t cut off at the waist for easier fit and comfort. Selecting a mid to high rise style may be the best for you!
This year it seems high waisted jeans are in style. The high waisted cut is ideal for your specific figure. You will experience a higher degree of difficulty finding a good fit, but try retailers like Lane Bryant, Casual Corner, Chico’s, Fashion Bug, and Catherines Plus-sizes. Some brands to look for: Levi’s 512 Shaping Boot & Straight Cuts, Right Fit Jeans, Calvin Klein, David Kahn, and Lee Jeans.
FASHION TIPS FOR PETITE WOMEN: FASHION NO-NO’S
Okay no matter what they say about Capri’s, they are OUT OF STYLE for PETITES! Capri’s simply are not flattering to a “petite fit” or “petite plus-sized” frame they cut off your height and make you look shorter. Not cute, and they rarely look good on any woman.
However, if you’re tall with a perfect figure Capri’s might be for you!
Small cuffs on your jeans are okay. Otherwise, you may look shorter and dumpy. Don’t emphasize the bottom of your legs. Avoid extreme flat shoes. You need a little lift!
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